PLANS to change the use of a 215-year-old Listed building in Warrington town centre have been put to the borough council.
The scheme would result in seven new flats being created on the upper floor of the building in Buttermarket Street.
There would be no change to the ground floor – currently used as a European food store and beauty parlour – or the roof.
But four new flats would be created at first-floor level and a three-storey rear extension would be built to provide a further three flats.
A report to be studied by Warrington Borough Council planners states that the scheme would improve the Listed building visually and could not only breath new life into a Listed building falling into disrepair but also greatly enhance the Buttermarket Street conservation area and create a fitting piece of architecture that would work well with surrounding listed buildings.
“It takes the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of the area through a contemporary building that does not wish to be an icon but simply fit within the existing surrounding context.”